Last Week’s Links

What? They’re still good! They don’t go bad after six days! Yeesh.



Last week on ComicsAlliance was a fun one, mainly because I got to talk about the story behind one of my favorite covers, from that time when the Joker tried to kill Batman and Robin on the moon! It’s even crazier than it sounds.

Unfortunately, not all stories can still be good when they stop making sense, which is why I wrote an article explaining that Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Justice League is one of the worst comics I’ve ever read. It’s the kind of book where I read it, and I’m not even sure I ever liked the Justice League.

Fortunately, there are things to remind me, like the highly enjoyable Justice League: Doom movie, which I also reviewed this week. It was an interesting twist on the source material (“Tower of Babel”) that made for a pretty good time.

Further cementing my hipster status, I’m really excited about The Phoenix, a British weekly children’s comic! It’s not available in America, but if you’re in the UK or you’re willing to pay for International shipping (or if, like me, you’re a cheapo with a good-natured pal in England), it’s worth it.

Finally, in this week’s Ask Chris talks about the single best comic book character ever created: Spider-Man. Yes, Spider-Man. Not Batman. But don’t worry, even though it’s ostensibly about Spidey, I still work 600 words about how Batman works in there.

War Rocket Ajax: The 75th Annual Gordie Awards!



War Rocket Ajax is back for 2012, and to kick things off right, we’ve got the 75th Annual Gordie Awards for the best and worst of 2011, with categories suggested by our listeners! As a result we avoid all that tired “Best Comic” and “Favorite Hero” nonsense and go straight to “Worst Thing Laura Hudson Did To Chris” and “Best Use of a Character You Hate.” It’s a good time.

And — Gasp! What’s this?! Could it be that War Rocket Ajax is back on iTunes at last?! It is! So if you used to subscribe, please re-up and if you feel like it, write us a review.

Also, just so I don’t have to write a whole other post about it, this week’s episode of Japanese Spider-Man is maybe the best Spider-Man story of all time. There is a steel cage deathmatch, you guys. Seriously.

Spider-Man Japan Episode 1: The Time of Revenge Has Come! Beat Down Iron Cross Group!!



For those of you who have been on the edge of your seats wondering what would become of CA’s weekly super-hero movie/TV review column now that David Uzumeri has broken up our tag team, you now have your answer: Caleb Goellner and I are reviewing every single episode of the live-action Japanese Spider-Man show! And the best part is that, thanks to the fact that Marvel’s uploaded the whole shebang to their site, you can watch along with us as I experience the kookiness for the first time.

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Avenging Spider-Man #1 is ALSO Pretty Rad



If you’ve been reading the ISB for a while — you know, back before I sold out, when I showed that I actually respected my readers by writing alt text gags for them — then you know that I love Spider-Man, and I love team-up stories. As a result, I was pretty excited for Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira’s Avenging Spider-Man, and over at ComicsAlliance, I’ve written a review about how their first issue totally lived up to my expectations.

I even talk about the digital stuff, although David Brothers informed me after I wrote it that the download through the Marvel app doesn’t sync up with the Comics (by comiXology) app, and yeesh, that’s a pain in the ass. But regardless, it’s neat stuff.

1977’s Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook, Featuring a Recipe For a Sandwich



the 1970s were a very strange time for comic book tie ins, and there are very few that are stranger than The Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook, in which Spider-Man & Co. straight up phone it in with recipes on how to make sandwiches and suggestions for how to decorate your pancakes, before moving on to a (quite literally) unhealthy obsession with “meat spreads.”

So put on your chef hat and/or domino mask and come with me through the extremely bizarre excesses of cooking in the ’70s!